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My latest, ‘HERO of the Day’

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I retired at FIFTY-SEVEN (57), and so can you!

IF, you are willing to live somewhere less expensive; and it doesn’t matter where: Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Philippines, Thailand, >>>

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My choice, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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‘Chiang Mai – Selected as one of the most affordable places to live (That’s right, AGAIN!)’

http://seattle99.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/chiang-mai-selected-as-one-of-the-most-affordable-places-to-retire-thats-right-again/

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March 26, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Employers Actually Plan To Hire More FULL-TIME Workers As Obamacare Rolls Out

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A new survey of chief financial officers finds that American companies expect to increase the number of full-time employees by 1.8 percent over the next 12 months as key parts of the Affordable Care Act go into effect, undermining conservative critics who’ve argued that the health care law would hamper business growth and expansion.

“The expected two percent growth in employment is solid, given the context of long-run shifts away from full-time employees largely because of concerns about health care reform and economic uncertainty,” John Graham, Duke Fuqua School of Business finance professor and director of the survey, said. The poll, conducted by Duke University/CFO Magazine, surveyed CFOs at 530 U.S. companies.

The results echo broader indicators showing that companies are hiring more workers.

Payroll figures released last month, for instance, found that job creation at small companies has almost doubled in the last six months, “reaching 82,000 jobs at firms with 49 or fewer employees in July, according to payroll processor ADP.” Small businesses are borrowing more, displaying greater confidence, and are seeing higher “sales of new franchises.”

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/09/11/2607221/employers-obamacare-wont-stop-hiring/

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personal thought:

It seems like a very long time, since I’ve read such a positive article about FULL-TIME jobs.

GOOD for US!

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photo:

I’m in the 2nd column, 8 back. No, no, I mean 10 back!

Man, it feels soooooo good to be retired!

+-)

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September 14, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

COSTCO – ‘the way it should be’

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Costco Wholesale Corporation is a membership-only warehouse club that provides a wide selection of merchandise. As of July 2012, it is the second largest retailer in the United States, the seventh largest retailer in the world and the largest membership warehouse club chain in the United States.

Read more, HERE:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costco

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note: $45,000 / 52 weeks / 8 hour days = $21.63 per hour

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August 6, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Careers Are Dead. Welcome To Your Low-Wage, Temp Work Future

Via: Forbes

Finally, some statistics to prove the stereotypes right. According to a recent survey from Millennial Branding and Payscale, Millenials really are most likely to be employed in service industry jobs.

So, all those jokes about post-graduation latte pouring and t-shirt folding haven’t been in vain.

And while it might be comforting to think of these jobs as necessary way stations on the path to an upwardly mobile future – especially if you’re someone who holds one – there’s mounting evidence that the American labor market may never return to its pre-recession composition.

The future is already here and it brings with it low-wage temporary or contract work as a way of life.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, almost 30% of American workers are expected to hold low-wage jobs – defined as earnings at or below the poverty line to support a family of four – in 2020. This number will remain virtually unchanged from 2010.

Given that roughly 50 PERCENT of recent college grads are unemployed or underemployed and those who do work are much more likely to hold these types of jobs, this is a particular grim prospect for young workers hoping to leave these positions behind for greener career pastures.

And even if Millennial workers do manage to move from retail to the corporate world, there’s no guarantee that their office job will be on the career track. The number of temporary or contract positions was up 6% over last year’s numbers in the first quarter of 2012 according to the American Staffing Association.

In fact, the number of temporary or contract jobs added to the economy has been increasing for nine consecutive quarters since the recession officially ended. Over 40% more people hold temp jobs now than in 2009. This growth starts to become something to worry about when temp jobs aren’t being converted to permanent ones and when contract work replaces full-time positions.

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Read more, HERE:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jmaureenhenderson/2012/08/30/careers-are-dead-welcome-to-your-low-wage-temp-work-future/

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Related Post:

“Willard ‘Mitt’ Romney – Even dumber than Dubya and Palin; COMBINED!”

https://seattle98.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/1-of-2-willard-mitt-romey-even-dumber-than-dubya-and-palin-combined/

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September 1, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Romney | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Veterans’ Unemployment Falls To Lowest Level In More Than Three Years

Via: Think Progress

Even as the national unemployment rate ticked up ever so slightly (0.037% – see below) in July, the unemployment rate for veterans fell to its lowest level in more than three years, dropping to 6.9 percent. That figure is the lowest monthly unemployment rate for all veterans since before President Obama took office.

The Obama administration has championed legislation aimed at reducing the unemployment for veterans, including the passage late last year of tax incentives to businesses that hire veterans and signing an executive order to help as many as 126,000 veterans receive certification and training necessary for various manufacturing jobs around the country.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report, 25,000 of the new jobs added in July were in the manufacturing sector.

Read more, HERE:

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/08/03/635371/veterans-unemployment-falls/

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Total Job Numbers for July:

– 163,000 new jobs

“July jobless rate not statistically significant. Unrounded was 8.254%, up from 8.217% in June.”

https://twitter.com/dismalscientist/status/231382842632978433

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RE-Elect Obama/BIden!

August 4, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Change in payroll employment since January 2009

And YES, if the ‘teabagger/libertarian/Republican party’ hadn’t slashed the ‘normal funding’ to local governments for teachers, police and firefighters; there wouldn’t have been the drop in the Public Sector.

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Q: But the deficit woud be larger?

A: Probably/possibly, but people who are working pay income tax; and they buy crap including houses/cars; thus they pay property tax and sales tax.

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In addition, if we had better public schools and more teachers; kids would be better educated, and less likey to vote for the:

‘teabagger/libertarian/Republican Party MORONS’!

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I’m now stepping off my soap-box, thank you!

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June 17, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, President Obama, Romney, teabaggers | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Midtown Manhattan – someone PLEASE give this lady a job

The sign reads:

“Sleeping outside looking for work.

Type 70 words per minute. Apple, Word, and Excel Certifications.

All assistance appreciated.

Need computer help?

Very affordable rates. (My expenses are low. P.)”

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October 9, 2011 Posted by | Occupy Wall Street, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Hispanics Flee Alabama’s Immigration Law

Via: Bloomberg

When Tuscaloosa, Alabama, begins rebuilding more than 7,200 homes and businesses leveled by an April 27 tornado, it may find itself missing a workforce capable of putting the city together again.

That’s what Ever Duarte, head of the city’s Hispanic soccer league, said after losing a third of his teams in a week. Tuscaloosa County’s 6,000-strong Hispanic population –including roofers, sheetrockers, concrete pourers, framers, landscapers and laborers — is disappearing, he said, before a law cracking down on illegal immigrants takes effect.

“They’re leaving now, right now,” Duarte, 36, said during a pause in a pick-up soccer game last week in a neighborhood gym. “I know people who are packing up tonight. They don’t want to wait to see what happens. It started last week. Our league had 12 teams the week before that. Last week, it was eight.”

Governor Robert Bentley signed Alabama’s 72-page measure June 9, calling it “the strongest immigration bill in the country.” Alabama became the fifth state to enact sanctions against undocumented workers, following Arizona, Utah, Indiana and Georgia, where a federal judge yesterday blocked part of the restrictions. Tuscaloosa is getting an early gauge of the law’s effects in its state.

“Hispanics, documented and undocumented, dominate anything to do with masonry, concrete, framing, roofing, and landscaping,” said Bob McNelly, a contractor with Nash-McCraw Properties, during an interview at a coffee shop near a destroyed gas station and bank. “There are very few subcontractors I work with that don’t have a Hispanic workforce.”

The city of 90,000 imposed a moratorium on major reconstruction that ends Aug. 8 to enable it to plan its remaking. The rebuilding, McNelly said, will be harder and more expensive without them:

“It’s not the pay rate. It’s the fact that they work harder than anyone. It’s the work ethic.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-28/alabama-law-threatens-tornado-recovery-as-hispanics-flee.html
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personal thought:

I worked construction my whole career; and I agree, it is the ‘work ethic’.

However, make no mistake, the undocumented workers you see lined up each morning outside of your typical Home Depot get paided a hell of a lot less.

When they say it ain’t about the money, they lyin'”

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July 1, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Breaking News – Thousands Lose Jobs As Michigan Unemployment Offices Close

LANSING, MI—In another devastating blow to the state’s already fragile economy, the Unemployment Insurance Agency of the state of Michigan permanently shuttered its nine branch offices Monday, leaving more than 8,500 UNEMPLOYMENT employees UNEMPLOYED.

Announcing the closings at a press conference, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm called them “a tragic coda” to a once-vibrant industry that until this week defined the Michigan economy and served almost one-fifth of the state’s employable population.

“This is a sad day for the people of Michigan,” Granholm said to a crowd of part-time reporters and former assembly-line workers Tuesday. “Our state has a long, hallowed history of unemployment, and with these closings, we have lost a vital part of our economic and social fabric.”

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Via: The Onion – ‘America’s Finest News Source’

http://www.theonion.com/articles/thousands-lose-jobs-as-michigan-unemployment-offic,2142/

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June 30, 2011 Posted by | Breaking News | , , , | Leave a comment

Larry Flynt offers job to Weiner

Via: Politico

Hustler magazine Publisher Larry Flynt knows Anthony Weiner is out of work, and he wants to do something about it.

In a column on the Huffington Post, Flynt offered the sexting scandal-tarred congressman an unspecified job at Flynt  Management Group, LLC at a 20 percent increase over his Washington salary — which would total more than $200,000 a year.

“While this employment opportunity is being offered in large part due to your  qualifications and clear passion for making a change, I feel that your  unfortunate resignation is a prime example of unfounded political pressure and  the hypocrisy that has invaded democracy in Washington,” Flynt wrote.

Flynt, who delivers his magazine for free to the office of each member of  Congress, has consistently been a thorn in the side to Washington politicians  involved in sex scandals.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/57198.html#ixzz1PZebr42n

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June 18, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment